The archbishop joins charities and aid groups in calls to maintain 0.7% benchmark as Treasury considers cutbacks

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has warned the government against slashing billions from Britain’s overseas aid budget as part of this week’s spending review, as he called on the country to stand by the world’s poorest in “tough times as well as the good”.

In a significant intervention over the threat to aid spending, Welby said he had seen first-hand the impact of UK aid and how “our generosity and strategic input has genuinely changed lives and communities for the better”.

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